Chalmers University of Technology

Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Today, developing this transport system and turning shipping into the most efficient, safe and environmental-friendly means of transportation is a great engineering challenge. The Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering International Master’s Programme at Chalmers University of Technology will give you a solid base for a future professional career in these fields of engineering.


Ships transport large quantities of raw material and manufactured goods around the world, making the shipping industry the hub of the global economy. Today, developing this transport system and turning shipping into the most efficient, safe and environmental-friendly means of transportation is a great engineering challenge. In addition, there is also a challenge in developing and designing structures required in the emerging field of ocean energy. This International Master’s Programme will give you a solid base for a future professional career in these fields of engineering.

The Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering programme is offered at the Chalmers University of Technology.

Programme description

We offer an internationally attractive and competitive education within conception, planning, design and analysis of large marine structures considering hydromechanics and strength through a holistic approach. The programme focuses on ships and offshore structures, but is equally attractive for students with a general interest in strength- and hydrodynamic analysis and systems engineering.

Future challenges lie in developing and designing more energy efficient ships and floating and fixed structures within the emerging field of ocean energy, e.g. wind- wave and tidal power, and in developing the shipping industry towards a more sustainable future.

As a student you will gain skills and knowledge on how to weigh the contradicting requirements in the design of ships and offshore structures using systems thinking and systems engineering tools. You will be able to propose new concepts and designs to meet transport needs and limitations, carry out strength analyses with respect to static and fatigue strength, design hulls with respect to hydrodynamic requirements and choose the appropriate machinery and propulsion equipment.

Specialised courses within these areas come together in the Marine Design Project, where you develop technical solutions to meet specific design objectives for shipping or the offshore energy field.The Master’s programme in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Chalmers takes part in the joint programme Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering. This gives you the opportunity to choose between five universities that are all highly specialised and technologically advanced, and receive a double degree.

Career opportunities

Naval Architects are concerned with every aspect of ship- and offshore design, construction and performance and graduates obtain a suitable background for a wide range of roles and activities:

  • Ship owner: project manager – involves development of competitive transportation concepts as well as specification, purchasing and inspection of vessels on the international market.
  • Equipment supplier: involves performance specification, product development, production and global sales of marine equipment and systems for propulsion, cargo handling, navigation, etc.Classification society: surveyor – involves inspection and surveying of ships on a global basis as well as development and implementation of regulations.
  • Ship and offshore design consultant: design based on rules and regulations, new concept studies
  • Shipyards and yacht manufacturers: design and production
  • Maritime authorities: rules and regulations, inspection
  • Naval administrations: project manager, specification, purchasing and inspection
  • Universities: education and research
  • Other: project management and design in other fields that require proficiency in structure and fluid mechanics

Previous students of the programme have been employed by e.g. Det Norske Veritas, GVAC, Bassoe technology, Reinertsen, AKER solutions, SSPA, Cargotech, TTS, Bergs propulsion, Volvo Penta and Kamewa

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Marine transport systems
  • Ship geometry and hydrostatics
  • Preparatory course in Matlab
  • Ship resistance and computational hydrodynamic
  • Marine structural engineering
  • Marine propulsion systems
  • Heat transfer
  • Composite mechanics
For more info please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics or Engineering Mathematics.
  • Prerequisites:Mathematics (at least 30 cr.) (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis, Mathematical statistics and Numerical analysis), Mechanics, Strength of materials and Fluid mechanics.
  • English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14551 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14551 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 140 000 SEK /academic year;

Living costs for Göteborg

  • 7552 - 13940 SEK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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